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Re: Weather's closing in

Posted by R. Berg on December 12, 2003

In Reply to: Weather's closing in posted by Lotg on December 12, 2003

: The current weather where I live has been extremely stormy for the last few days. But for some brief moments we've received glimmers of sunshine.

: This morning started out dreary, then the sun shone briefly. As the heavy clouds came over again, my partner said, the 'weather's closing in'.

: I've heard this often enough, but it's an odd thing to say really. ie. Weather is a generic word which covers all types of weather, inclement, fine, dry, wet, hot, cold, whatever. So to begin with, why do we know and assume that when such a comment is made, that the 'weather' being described will be stormy, and why 'closing in'?

In the U.S., I haven't heard "Weather's closing in." I've heard similar remarks, such as "Looks like we're going to get some weather," which is equally open to the same objection. We always have some weather.

"Closing in" at least has the merit of suggesting that feeling of being trapped under storm clouds that you get when there's...weather.